Healthy way to eat jackfruit

Jackfruit indigestion, jackfruit in pregnancy, how to eat jackfruit, Now it is the season of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus). This fruit has flooded the market with its intoxicating fragrance and color. We witness people crowded in front of jackfruit stalls to purchase the best one. People love to enjoy the taste of this fruit, although it is a herculean task to cut open this fruit to reach for bright yellow fleshes which are hidden between sticky fibers.

Jackfruits have immense health benefits. The benefits are delivered to our body when it is well digested. It helps to gain weight and strengthen the body. This fruit is rich in antioxidants and prevents ageing. It boosts immunity, helps to reduce blood pressure, prevents cancer and maintains the health of eyes. Indian and Chinese medicines recommend administering this to persons who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Many complain of stomach pain, bloating and flatulence after consuming this fruit. According to principles of ayurveda jackfruit is heavy to digest and stays in stomach for a long time due to its sticky nature. This causes digestion problems. What is the healthy way to eat jackfruit without inviting tummy troubles? Ayurveda acharyas suggest many easy ways to solve this problem.  Here is a list:

  1. Always eat jack fruit when you are hungry and preferably before starting your meal. This aids in proper digestion of the fruit. If you consume this after a meal it may hinder the digestion of both food and fruit.Jackfruit indigestion, jackfruit in pregnancy, how to eat jackfruit,
  2. Avoid consuming oily foods, heavy meaty meals, pulses and protein laid foods when you consume jack fruit. This causes indigestion and symptoms of indigestion may surface.
  3. Jackfruit and honey is a heavenly combination. Honey makes it easy for the stomach to digest Jackfruit. Always use pure honey.
  4. Prefer mildly spiced, light and warm meal after eating jackfruit. Add spices like cumin seeds (jeera), pepper and turmeric to your recipe. These spices help in trouble-free digestion of this fruit.
  5. Never over eat this fruit. This leads to more harm than good.
  6. Drinking iced water or refrigerated drinks, after eating this fruit is a strict NO. Drink warm water throughout day to aid good digestion of this fruit and prevent uneasiness.
  7. Always purchase hygienically cut fruits. Never purchase fruits which are open to dust and exposed to microbes. Buy the whole fruit and skin it to get clean and tasty fleshes.
  8. Pregnant women, persons with ascites, IBS and other problems of digestive system are strictly barred from eating this fruit.  In pregnant women it may cause increased motility and contraction of intestines which in turn may initiate contraction of the womb. Hence jackfruit has to be avoided during pregnancy.

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